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October 26, 2005

What Do I Do Next?

nona-sister-the-eldest called me last Saturday.  The nona-sisters are not big in the way of phone talking -- so if a nona-sister calls, you know something is up.  "So", nona-sister began after the prerequisite how-are-yous were exchanged, "I've got 5 i-cord fingers, what the heck do I do next?"  "How should I know", I replied, "You're 4 fingers ahead of me".  In response to nona-sister's appeal, I read her an abbreviated version of Meg's pattern -- nona-sister is mega-crafty, she'll figure it out!  It's now time for nona to figure it out and to share it -- piece by piece -- with you.

I'm knitting my second pair of gloves using the i-cord finger technique and a spare skein of Koigu from my stash.  Tonight I sat down and calculated the number of stitches I'll need for each i-cord figure tube.  Care to take a peek?

  1. Ann Budd's "The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns" is a wonderful reference for creating your own patterns.  I'm using this book to determine standard glove sizing and as a litmus test for my calculated numbers.
  2. Pam Allen's "Progressive Gloves" article from Interweave Knits Winter 2003.  This excellent article describes the basic anatomy of a glove and provides step by step directions for creating a glove pattern knit from the cuff to the fingers.
  3. Meg Swansen's "Handknitting with Meg Swansen" describes how to knit a glove from the fingers to the cuff using i-cord fingers.  She also provides an example pattern for a gauge of 5 sts to the inch.
  4. My calculating tools:  a calculator -- math majors cannot add, a mechanical pencil -- never pen, and a notebook -- graph paper of course.
  5. My Koigu swatch knit in the round.  My gauge is 7 sts to the inch.
  6. 2 circular needles, 'cause nona's ditched her double pointed needles.

I'm good to go!

For those interested in knitting along, I'll be providing a serial pattern for these gloves.  Check your stash for a comparable yarn and stay tuned for the next installment.

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Hooray! nona you're the best!

Posted by: Agnes | Oct 27, 2005 12:13:33 AM

Thanks, nona-sis! I was hoping we would get to see your i-cord glove process!

Posted by: Zarah | Oct 27, 2005 5:08:21 AM

OK, so if you ditched the double points, what do you use to make your i-cord fingers?

Posted by: Dena Childs | Oct 27, 2005 5:12:12 AM

Yay! I'll play along! I've got it all except the Meg Swansen. I also finished the first pair of cuff-ups and blogged them yesterday. Now, the bad decision is which yarn...

Posted by: Sockbug | Oct 27, 2005 6:13:03 AM

I have very nearly caved. Once you put up a pattern, I will knit gloves.

Posted by: Purly Whites | Oct 27, 2005 10:39:21 AM

hey nona, i found an article about top down gloves in interweave knits F96:40-41. they don't use the i-cord method though ....

Posted by: graylagran | Oct 28, 2005 6:07:26 AM

I've been watching this with interest and now I see glove patterns everywhere. One dumb question though, how do you measure your 'hand circumference'? Is it the wrist, around the palm but not including the thumb, the whole hand?

Posted by: yahaira | Oct 28, 2005 6:54:19 AM

YAY! I just bought two skeins of koigu to make myself a pair of gloves. Maybe I'll wait and do the i-cord finger version with you.

I was inspired by the name of your knit along. I want me some peaceful palms!

Posted by: The Queen of the Snow Cows | Oct 28, 2005 8:08:35 AM

I've posted my first glove on my blog :)
Do let us know which you prefer from the finger down or from the wrist up?

Posted by: erin | Oct 29, 2005 1:40:54 AM

Hi Nona!
Thanks for leading us into the glove wilderness! Quick question: your pattern takes one skein of koigu?

Posted by: Mamie | Nov 8, 2005 10:44:15 AM

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